No Structure Spared in Geiger Tornado

The tiny town of Geiger has been rocked to its core. All 170 residents were affected by an EF-2 tornado that either damaged or destroyed over 100 structures.

Two churches were demolished, and another was severely damaged.

On both sides of Highway 17, for almost a mile, damaged house after house is a clear indication of the horror.

"I felt the trailer rocking, or whatever. So, we ran and got in the bathtub on this end right here. When I woke up, I landed right over there on that pile of sheet rock right there," said Latasha Mayhew.

"The house top is off, and if you see where I was with my baby, that roof has not been touched," said Doris Little.

"Some of them have insurance and some of them don't," said Geiger Mayor Michael Cunningham. "So, hopefully we can get them some help somewhere."

Sumter County Emergency Management director, Margaret Bishop Gully, says federal inspectors are assessing the damage. After that is done, she says residents will be able to find out how much assistance will be available.

In the meantime, Mayor Cunningham says the city is committed to doing whatever it can to help.

"As long as it takes, we're going to be here for them," he said.

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